This species from southeastern Brazil occurs from the State of Bahia, south to the State of Rio Grande do Sul, and inland to the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It occurs up to 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in the leaf-litter on the floor of primary and secondary forest, and forest edge, but not outside the forest. It breeds in temporary, and sometimes permanent, ponds, and occasionally swimming pools. The tadpoles only eat the tadpoles of other species.
It is not a common species, and is hard to find, but can appear to be more abundant if it is looked for at the right time.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to agriculture, clear-cutting and human settlement, as well as harvesting for the national and international pet trade, which might be locally unsustainable.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Sergio Potsch de Carvalho-e-Silva, Oswaldo Luiz Peixoto, Magno Vicente Segalla 2004. Ceratophrys aurita. In: IUCN 2014